|Harold R. Bennett, 74, of Beverly Healthcare-William
Penn, Lewistown, PA, and formerly of RR3, Mifflintown, died at 1:05 p.m.
on Saturday, August 12, 2000 at the nursing home.
Born March 24, 1926 in Laceyville, he was a son of the late Clyde W.
and Marie C. (Culver) Bennett. His wife, Margaret D. (Morgan) Bennett,
whom he married on December 25, 1977, survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three stepsons, Thomas Masters
and David Criswell, both of Houston, TX, and Steven Criswell of Hummelstown;
a step-daughter and her husband, Elaine and Sergeant Lawrence "Bob" Templeton
of Hummelstown; one brother, Rolland C. Bennett of Athens; eight step-grandchildren
and eight step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Richard Criswell.
He was a member of American Legion Post #298, Crawford-Brubaker VFW
Post #5863, both of Mifflintown, and the James E. Bowen, Jr. AmVets Post
He retired in 1980 from the Fruehauf Corporation in Middletown as a
He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict.
Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville.
The Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, is in charge of
Alan W. Day, 69, formerly of the Scranton area, died on Wednesday,
August 9, 2000 in Naples, FL.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he retired to Naples in 1986 from Waverly,
He was a past vice-president of the Keystone Coca-Cola Company of Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Day was a member and elder of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples,
a member of the Quail Creek Country Club, a 32nd degree member of the Masonic
Order and a member of the Kiwanis Club in Scranton.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Reid Day; his daughter, Robin Carter
and her husband, Calvin; his sons, Jeffrey Day, Scott Day, Reid Day and
Christopher Day; two brothers, Houston Day and his wife, Anne, Asa Day
and his wife, Barbara; his sister, Mary Morley and her husband, Bill; his
grandchildren, Cameron Carter, Austin Carter, Ashley Day and Justin Day,
Emily Day, Jennifer Day, Richard Day and Kyle Day and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service, to which relatives and friends are invited, will
be held on Saturday morning, August 12 at 11 a.m. at Vanderbilt Presbyterian
Church, 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Alan may be sent to
either the American Heart Association, 28441 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 208,
Bonita Springs, FL 34134, the Arthritis Foundation, 1000 Lely Palms Drive,
Naples, FL 34113 or to Hospice of Naples, 1005 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples,
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Johnson-Pittman
Funeral Home, 4424 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL.
Bruno J. Guglielmi, III, age 24, formerly of Mildred, Pa., died
on July 2, 2000 in an automobile accident in Two Rivers, Alaska. They were
expecting their first child, Baby Klein Guglielmi in December, who also
died in the accident.
BJ was born February 26, 1976 in Towanda, son of Donna Guglielmi and
the late Bruno John Guglielmi, Jr.
Sergeant Guglielmi entered active duty March 26, 1996. His first duty
assignment was at Fort Drum, NY.
He married Krystal Klein on July 4, 1996. He was then assigned to Ft.
Wainwright, Alaska on May 9, 1998 where he then lived with his wife in
North Pole. He served with Charlie Company 1-17th Infantry as a team leader
with First Platoon and later squad leader with 2nd Platoon. He was a graduate
of PLDC, Air Assault, Combat Lifesaver, Field Sanitation and Cold Weather
Leader's Course. He was promoted to Sergeant on Oct. 8, 1999. Sergeant
Guglielmi's awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal,
two Army Achievement Medals, Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge and
the National Defense Ribbon.
Survivors include his wife, Krystal and three Labs, Yoggi, Yukon and
Winston; his mother, Donna Guglielmi; sister, Melissa Guglielmi Mapes;
nephew, Eddie Mapes; grandparents, George and Hazel Wettlaufer, Sr.; his
Uncle Den, Uncle George, Uncle Duke; aunts, Deb, Chris and Patti and cousins;
his brother-in-law, Ed Mapes; Ray Cox, who was like a father to him and
all his friends.
To his Pop Wettlaufer, Uncle Den, Uncle George and Ray Cox, who were
fathers to him through all the years, you all made him the wonderful man
that he turned out to be and all of whom he loved very much.
Preceding him in death were his father, Bruno John Guglielmi, Jr.,
who passed away in 1983, and grandparents, Millie and Bruno Guglielmi,
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery and
skeet shooting and was an expert rifleman. He especially enjoyed calling
in his own turkeys. BJ saw his first grizzly bear on a fishing trip to
Alaska with two of his friends (fellow soliders) just 50 yards from him.
It was one of his wishes to see one.
He graduated from Sullivan County High School in 1994 and worked with
his Pop Wettlaufer on a one-man sawmill in the summertime at an early age
and in the logging business with his Uncle Den after graduation.
He was a member of the White Ash Land Association, the McDermott Post
452 American Legion in Mildred, the Junior Firefighters of the Mildred
Fire Company and later a senior firefighter, also an EMT for Mildred Ambulance
Association before enlisting in the Army.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 10
a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mildred with the Rev.
Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining
Memorials may be made to either the Mildred Fire Company, PO Box 147,
Mildred, PA 18632 or the Mildred Ambulance Association, PO Box 74, Mildred,
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Rita M. Meier, 79, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, died on Wednesday, August
9, 2000 at the Summit Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre.
Born July 28, 1921 in Stowell, she was a daughter of the late Joseph
and Ellen (O'Mara) Hope. She attended Stowell Area schools and was a member
of St. Aloysius Church, Lee Park section of Hanover Township.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A.; sons, Robert and
Thomas and brother, Thomas Hope.
Surviving are her sons, John E., Wilkes-Barre and James, Shickshinny;
a daughter, Martha, Ashley; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
brothers, John R. and Leonard Hope, both of Atlanta; a sister, Grace Weidner,
Wilkes-Barre, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 14 from the S.J. Grontkowski
Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial
at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends called on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ellen J. Miller of RR1, Mehoopany, PA, passed away at her home
on Saturday, August 12, 2000. She was born in Mehoopany Township, Wyoming
County on May 17, 1937, daughter of the late Gilbert and Ruth French Sands.
She and her family operated Miller's General Store in Mehoopany for
20 years and she retired from Procter & Gamble as a technician in 1998.
She was a member of the Mehoopany VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
A daughter, Karen Miller; granddaughter, Jennifer Miller and a brother,
Donald Sands, preceded her in death.
Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Donald R. Miller; sons, Michael
R. of Black Walnut, Richard G. and Terry L., both of Mehoopany, and Ronald
J. of De Funiak Springs, FL; brothers, Raymond Sands of Mehoopany, Korah
Sands of Falls, Gilbert Sands of Tunkhannock, Gary Sands of Hains City,
FL; sisters, Ruth Ann Smith of Winter Haven, FL, Rosemary Shoemaker of
Mehoopany; six grandchildren, Michael Miller, II, Lindsay Ellen Miller,
Brandy Miller, John Miller, Jacob Miller and Jimi Miller; and one great-grand-daughter,
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. from
the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock,
with the Rev. Charles Bishop and the Rev. Darrel Sands officiating. Interment
was in Vaughan Cemetery in Mehoopany.
Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Hope Lodge, 125 Lucy
Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17306.
Mrs. Evelyn P. Stalford, R.N., age 90, of 154 Mountain Laurel
Court, Hartwood, VA formerly of Vestal, NY, passed away on Monday, August
14, 2000 at the home of her daughter, Miriam Kala.
Evelyn was born April 24, 1910 in Pike Township, Bradford County, PA,
daughter of the late Harry J. and Euna M. Wooton Pickett.
She graduated from the Camptown High School, a member of the Class
of 1927. In 1933, she graduated from Robert Packer School of Nursing in
Sayre and became a registered nurse. She began private duty nursing in
the Stevensville area and married Henry Pawling Stalford of Wyalusing on
June 18, 1938. The moved to Vestal, NY where she practiced as a registered
nurse. They resided in Vestal until Henry's death on January 31, 1996.
Evelyn was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
in Fredericksburg, VA
Surviving are two sons: Ronald Stalford, Worcester, MA and Kenneth
Stalford, Berlin, Germany; a daughter: Miriam S. Kala, Hartwood, VA; seven
grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 19, at 2 p.m.
at the Wyalusing Cemetery, with William Kala, officiating.
Memorials may be directed to charity of choice in memory of Evelyn
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Home,
1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA.
Hazel Baldwin Stanley of RR1, Wyalusing, PA, passed away at Tyler
Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Saturday, August 12, 2000.
She was born in Skinners Eddy on October 14, 1920, daughter of the
late Earl J. And Merytle Brotzman Whipple.
She was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church and the
Indian Hill Birthday Club for over 50 years.
Mrs. Stanley was preceded in death by her first husband, Theodore B.
Baldwin and second husband, Robert W. Stanley; grandson, Garrison Baldwin;
brothers, Lawrence Whipple, LeRoy Whipple and Ora Whipple.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald Baldwin of Branford, CT and Gary Baldwin
of Wyalusing; sisters, Nettie Canfield of Athens, Leila Carpenter of Hagerstown,
MD, Betty Bishop of Dimock and Earline Dockins of Alto, GA; three grandchildren
and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. from the
Spring Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, pastor
of the church, officiating. Interment was in the Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen.
Friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville on Monday
evening, August 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thomas J. Keener, 30, of South Montrose, PA passed away unexpectedly
on Tuesday night, August 15, 2000 at his residence.
Thomas is the son of Clara (Canfield) McGavin, Rush Township, and Roscoe
He is a graduate of Elk Lake High School, Class of 1989.
A son, Lukus J. Keener, many aunts, uncles and cousins survive Thomas.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 18 at the
Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, 64 S. Main St., Montrose. Friends may call
on the family at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday. Interment
will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery, Tuscarora Township, Bradford County.
Friends may send donations to the Treasurer House, Attn: Leslie Mershon,
60 S. Main St., Montrose, PA 18801.
Walter Thomas Blackburn (Blackie), age 73, of Golden Hill, Wilmot
Township, Bradford County, PA, passed away on Wednesday, September 20,
2000 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Blackie was born June 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Joseph
Leroy and Anna T. Cassidy Blackburn. He attended Philadelphia area schools
and graduated from Bensalem High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII and Korea. Blackie was employed at U.S. Steel (USS and USX) in Fairless
Hills. He retired from U.S. Steel in 1985 after 33 years and began part-time
work for Sam VanDeMark at VanDeMark Logging and Excavating. Blackie was
a member of the Steelworkers Union and the Black Walnut American Legion.
He was an avid sportsman, fisherman and hunter.
Blackie was married to the former Josephine Beffert, who predeceased
him in 1984. He married the former Cornelia VanDeMark Taylor on October
Surviving are his wife, Cornelia, at home; sons and daughters-in-law,
Walter J. and Karen Blackburn, Laceyville, Mark and Lori Blackburn, Levittown,
Bryan and John Blackburn, both of Laceyville; daughters and sons-in-law,
Helen and Richard Flail, Levittown, Sharon and Steve McClain, Bristol,
Celeste and Steve Kraeuter, Levittown; brothers and sisters-in-law, James
L. and Jean Blackburn, Florida, George P. and Eleanor Blackburn, West Bristol,
Richard D. Blackburn, Levittown, Robert A. and Holly Blackburn, Hatboro,
Edward C. and Alice Blackburn, Levittown; sisters, Teresa Palagruto, Philadelphia,
Joan Daley, Levittown; a brother-in-law, Lou Coppens, Langhorne; 12 grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Milton J. Blackburn and sisters, Helen
Coppens and Victoria Chratian.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 25 from the James Dougherty
Funeral Home, Trenton Road, Levittown, followed by interment in Morrisville
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane,
Wyalusing on Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association, 738 S.
Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18504.
Mrs. Thelma E. (Butch) Burdan, age 89, of Nordmont, PA, passed
away on Monday, September 25, 2000 at the Muncy Valley Hospital, Muncy
Thelma was born May 26, 1911 in Pottstown, daughter of the late Eugene
B. and Edna B. Lightcap Swinehart. She attended local schools and married
Lester Lee Burdan of Pottstown.
In 1960 they purchased Zangara's Bar in Dushore and renamed it Burdan's
Tavern, in which they furnished the community with good food and great
pizza in a spotless environment for ten years, retiring to Nordmont in
1970. Also assisting them in the operation of the tavern was Butch's sister,
Edna Swinehart Loughnane. Thelma's husband, Les, died on August 27, 1975.
Butch was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Nordmont.
Surviving are a sister, Edna May Swinehart Loughnane, Warrensville;
a niece, Barbara Covello, Harleysville; four grand-nephews and one grand-niece.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at St.
Paul's United Methodist Church, Nordmont, with her pastor, Rev. Karen B.
Allen, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown.
Friends may call at the church on Friday from 2 p.m. until the time
of the service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Mary Culver, 54, of Vernon, PA died on Monday, September 25,
2000 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
Born August 23, 1946 in Binghamton, NY, she was the daughter of Edith
Weber Robinson and the late Arthur Robinson.
She attended Binghamton schools. Thirty-three years ago she moved to
Vernon and married her husband, Phillip Culver.
She attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Centermoreland.
Mary worked for both McCrory's and McDonald's in Shavertown.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two sons, Michael
Wheaton, Luzerne and Mark Culver, at home; three daughters, Ann Marie Dale
and Christine Howell, both of Wilkes-Barre and Maureen Culver, Wyoming;
nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Donald Moran, Germany;
sisters, Delores Winters, Binghamton, NY and Patricia Westley, St. Mary's,
GA; several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Nulton Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Beaumont on Wednesday,
Sept. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Eileen M. Brown Ruerup, 81, died on Friday, September 22, 2000
at her home in Westfield, NJ.
Born in Westfield, she lived there all her life. She owned Eileen's
Music Shop in Scotch Plains many years ago. She was a communicant of Holy
Trinity Church in Westfield.
Eileen and her late husband, Norman, owned a home at RR Laceyville
for many years and made many friends in the area. Norman, former chief
of the Westfield Fire Department, died in 1991.
Surviving are two daughters, Geraldine Furchak-Saliola and Eileen Ruerup,
both of Westfield; a sister, Honora Pfeiffer of Westfield; two granddaughters,
Cheryl Vito and Jennifer Ruerup; a grandson-in-law, Ray Vito and one beloved
great-granddaughter, Gabriella Vito.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September
25 at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
Friends and family called from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at
the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield, NJ.
Myrtle Pentecost, 93, of 1023 Azalia Rd., Union, NJ, passed away
on Friday, September 15, 2000 at Union Hospital in Union, NJ.
Born in Olyphant, PA on March 29, 1907, she was the daughter of the
late Frank and Laura Monroe Morrison.
She was married to Russell Pentecost, who predeceased her on March
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Union where she
was a charter member.
During WWII she worked for the war effort. Being an avid bowler, she
won many individual trophies.
Mrs. Pentecost was a retired beautician.
Survivors include two brothers, Arthur L. Morrison of Laceyville and
Melvin Morrison of Tunkhannock; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123
W. Tioga St., Tunk-hannock, on Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Interment
will be in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Justus.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral
Roland Campbell Smith, age 82, of 110 Bruce Road, Roebuck, SC,
died on Thursday, September 14, 2000 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Albany, NY and formerly of Wyalusing, he came to Spartanburg in
He was the son of the late John Louis and Myrtle Campbell Smith. He
was a 1935 graduate of Albany High School and was a retired sales representative
from American Meter Company, retiring in 1982 after 41 years of service.
He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Wyalusing, having
served as a deacon and was later a member of Second Presbyterian Church
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Doris Campbell Smith, of the
home; one daughter, Jeanette and son-in-law, Bryant J. Reeves, Jr. of Boiling
Springs; one son, John C. Smith and daughter-in-law, Beverly F. Smith of
Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, John C. Smith, II and Jeanine Smith
Drexler of Jacksonville, FL, Bridgette Reeves Fullington of Evans, GA,
Bryant J. Reeves, III of Boiling Springs and Jason Campbell Reeves of Rock
Hill, SC; two great-grandchildren, Jordon T. Drexler and Emory L. Fullington,
The family received friends on Saturday, September 16 from 10 to 10:45
a.m. at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel. Graveside services followed at 11 a.m.
in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. G. Wayne Cole and
the Rev. Don Roper.
Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church Accessibility Fund,
438 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303 or to the American Lung Association,
Piedmont Region, 84 Villa Road, B-2, Greenville, SC 29615.
The family is at the home of Jeanette and Bryant Reeves, 111 Highland
Acres Drive, Boiling Springs, SC.
Mr. Edward C. Bitler, age 51, of RR2, Box 2339, Second Street,
Laceyville, PA, passed away suddenly at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in
Tunkhannock on Thursday afternoon, November 23, 2000.
Born in Meshoppen on November 19, 1949, he was the son of Alice Root
Bitler of Meshoppen and the late Albert Bitler, who passed away on June
7, 1999. Mr. Bitler was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, Class of
1968. He was employed at the Procter & Gamble Paper Products in Mehoopany
for over 29 years, retiring in March 1999.
He was a member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church. In his spare
time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also attending auctions.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former
Emily Decker of Laceyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Charlie
Lantz of Laceyville; a brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Kenneth and Sandy
Bitler of Susquehanna; an uncle, George Bitler of Meshoppen and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral and committal services were held on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.
from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Dave
Hinkley of the Russell Hill United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment
was in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany.
Family and friends called at the funeral home on Saturday evening,
Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial contributions
to the Mehoopany United Methodist Church.
Irene D. Davis, age 80 of New Albany RR1, PA, passed away on
Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She was born on December 19, 1919 in Hillsgrove, the daughter of the
late Ernest and Anna Warburton Norton.
Irene had been a lifetime member of this area and was a member of the
Forksville United Methodist Church.
She volunteered for Senior Citizens at Sullivan Terrace and helped
with the Forksville Fire Company.
Mrs. Davis enjoyed time spent playing bingo, doing needlework and she
thoroughly enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
In September of 1977, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, the
late Charles E. Davis.
She is survived by two children, a daughter and son-in-law, Rose and
Mike Morris of New Albany; a son, Robert Davis of St. Mary's; two sisters
and brothers-in-law, Grace and Louis Rosbach of Williamsport, Dolores and
George Columbine of Williamsport; a brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and
Susie Norton of Lewistown; a brother-in-law, James Davis of Elmira, NY;
nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
a daughter, Mary Ann Davis; a son, Edwin Davis, at three months and by
two brothers, Walter and Herbert Norton.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Forksville
United Methodist Church; with the Rev. David Hart, her pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in the Hillsgrove Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Friday evening, Nov. 24 at the Russell
P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forksville United
Methodist Church in Mrs. Davis's memory.
John E. Fiorini, Jr., age 82, died on Thursday, October 16, 2000
in Charleston, SC. Born in Mildred on June 5, 1918, he was the son of the
late John and Giordana Fiorini.
Mr. Fiorini is survived by his wife, the former Jewel Lang, whom he
married on December 26, 1945.
The Fiorinis were parents of four children: John, Mary, Anne and Mark.
They were parents by marriage, but, more importantly, by love of the former
Gail Driscoll (John's wife), Steven Batten (Anne's husband), the former
Amy Benson (Mark's wife) and Lou Brzezinski (Mary's husband). He is survived
by six grandchildren, Cara, John Carl and Michael Fiorini (John and Gail's
children), William Kimmins (Mary's son) and Nicholas and Catherine Fiorini
(Mark and Amy's children).
Mr. Fiorini enlisted in the U.S. Army in October of 1940 and was honorably
discharged in December of 1945 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
He served in the European Theater of Operations from April of 1942 until
September of 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as a result of
injuries received from enemy action on August 1, 1944.
In 1938, Mr. Fiorini earned his undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg
University and was followed by his Master's Degree at Bucknell University.
He taught English at Turnpike High School in Mildred from 1950 to 1958
when he became administrator of the Turnpike High School System.
In 1963, he was chosen as the principal of the new Sullivan County
High School in Laporte. In 1969, he returned to the classroom and taught
English at Sullivan County High School until 1973. At that time, he was
appointed as curriculum advisor to the nineteen school district's In-termediate
Unit No. 17, holding that position until his retirement in 1983.
Mr. Fiorini was the first chairman of the Curriculum Committee of Channel
44 WVIA-TV, serving until 1983. He was chairman, also, of the Curriculum
Committee of the Eastern Educational Television Network, which was headquartered
in Boston, MA from 1970 to 1980. He served, also, on the advisory committee
of National Public Radio, headquartered in Washington, DC.
During the 1970s, Mr. Fiorini was a member of the 12-member National
Advisory Committee that developed classroom materials and strategies for
the BBC's Shakespeare series, headquartered in New York City's Channel
No. 13. In 1972, he was one of a group of educators and media experts who
were invited to Israel to evaluate that country's Educational Television
For ten years, he was chairman of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
teams that evaluated the teacher's training programs in the colleges and
universities in Pennsylvania. He was also a part-time teacher at Bloomsburg
and Bucknell Universities.
He was a past president of the Sullivan County Cancer society and past
president of the Sullivan County Polio Foundation. He was a member of the
Sullivan County Library Board for several decades and past president of
the Sullivan-Bradford PIAA. He was the scoutmaster of the Mildred Boy Scout
Troop during the 1950s.
At the time of his death, Mr. Fiorini was president of the Sullivan
County Housing Authority, a position he held for 20 years. The authority's
work cul-minated in establishing Sullivan Terrace and the current rental
assistance programs. He was a life member of the Sullivan County Historical
Society, a life member of the United Methodist Home Auxiliary (The Highlands)
and its first president. He organized the annual Christmas sale at the
home and was active in the efforts of the gift shop. He was the first president
and life member of the Sullivan Terrace Advisory Board.
Mr. Fiorini was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred,
having been a parishioner during the tenure of every pastor who served
the church, beginning with Father Enright, who baptized him.
It was Mr. Fiorini's wish to be cremated, thus there will be no viewing.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mildred, with the Rev. Patrick
McLaughlin, as celebrant.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of masses and flowers, please direct any memorials to St. Francis
of Assisi Church Restoration Project, Mildred, PA 18632.
Local arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral
Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Betsy Ross Fuller, age 74, a resident at Sullivan Terrace in
Dushore, PA, passed away at her home on Monday, November 27, 2000.
She was born on June 28, 1926 on Long Island, NY, a daughter of the
late Raymond and Thamar Fuller, originally of Camptown.
After graduating from Garden City High School, she graduated from Oneonta
University in New York with a bachelor of science in education. She taught
on Long Island before moving to Maryland in 1969. She was an active member
of the Garden City Presbyterian Church and was an avid gardener.
After moving to Maryland to live near her sister, she returned to her
beloved Pennsylvania when she retired. She did volunteer work at the local
libraries and was fond of genealogical research, spending many hours at
the Bradford County Historical Society.
She left surviving a brother, William Fuller of Glen Cove, NY; an aunt,
Ione Kissell of Towanda and a niece, Tamar Jones of Maryland.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 in the McHenry Funeral
Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Barry Ballard,
pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery.
Dennis H. Hillard, East Montross Road, Tunkhannock, PA, died
on Monday, November 20, 2000 in the emergency room at Tyler Memorial Hospital
Born in Kingston on October 20, 1969, he was the son of Donald H.,
Sr. and Sarah Gallagher Hillard of Mehoopany.
A 1987 graduate of Wyalusing High School, he was a member of the Wyalusing
Rams football team. He attended Bradford County Vocational School and was
a 1987 graduate of Williamsport Community College with a degree in auto
body painting. He was employed by Quality Collision, Dallas.
Dennis was a member of Eatonville United Methodist Church, a former
den leader for Cub Scout Pack 518, Tunkhannock and a former member of the
FWM Fire Company, Mehoopany.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of seven years,
Angela Paylor Hillard; a son, Andrew Phillip and daughter, Theresa Elizabeth,
both at home; brothers, Donald, Jr., Laceyville, Darren, Meshoppen; a sister,
Sarah K. Hillard, Mehoopany; four nephews, several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Friday from Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home,
Inc., Tunkhannock with the Rev. Weldon Hettesheimer, his uncle and the
Rev. Daniel J. Herron, pastor, Eatonville United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in Orcutt Cemetery, Noxen.
Bessie M. (Vanderpool) Hines, age 81, of New Port Richey, FL,
formerly of Endicott, NY, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, November
She was born on April 4, 1919, in Spring Lake, to the late Roxanna
and Richard Vanderpool.
In 1979, Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, the late William
Mrs. Hines was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, No. 104,
Round Hill of Endicott, NY; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sun Coast Aerie
No. 3153 Auxiliary of New Port Richey, FL and was a past president of the
Lakewood Villas Auxiliary of New Port Richey, FL.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Trudee Hines
of Owego; grandchildren, Katie and Megan Hines of Owego, Patrick and Kelly
Warga of Bainbridge, Island, WA, Eric and Janice Warga of Cordova, AK;
great-grandchildren, Adam and Anna Rose Warga and Chatham Warga; one brother,
Richard Vanderpool of Dushore; four sisters, Nellie Parrish of Indiatlantic,
FL, Winifred Porter of Raleigh, NC; Jean Chakanovsky of Binghamton, Gertrude
(Trudy) Power of Chandler, AZ and a special companion, Clarence Fisher
of New Port Richey, FL.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
a daughter, Marita and by brothers, Llewellyn and Garfield.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. in the
McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Anne Canfield,
Interment followed in Wyalusing Cemetery.
The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Deborah
Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.
Ellen Jane Keeney, 79, of 103 Hospital Pl., Sayre, PA, passed
away on Saturday, November 25, 2000 at Robert Packer Hospital.
Born July 28, 1921, on Oak Hill, Wilmot Township, she was the daughter
of Lee and Esther Knolles Kintner.
She married Norman Keeney on November 7, 1941. They celebrated their
59th wedding anniversary on November 7, 2000. Ellen was a member of St.
John's Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church Women, the Morning Circle and
the Penn York Opportunities Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as a volunteer
at the RPH. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Paul L. Jacoby, Jr.
and brother-in-law, Robert Miller.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Lee and
Peg Keeney of Ann Arbor, MI, Carole Jacoby of South Waverly, Roy and Barbara
Keeney of Enola, Norma Keeney, at home; grandchildren, Kevin and Jennifer
Keeney, Deborah and Brad Forman, Michelle (Jacoby) and Greg Murrelle, Steven
and Cheryl Keeney, Karen (Jacoby) and Richard Wilbur, Marcie Keeney; great-grandchildren,
Spencer and Parker Forman, Megan Wilbur and Ryan Murrelle; sisters and
brother-in-law, Marian Miller of Dushore and Bonnie and Dennis Barnes of
Elmira, NY; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Joan Kintner of Mercur,
Kermit and Gail Kintner of Athens, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts
Family and friends called at the Lowery Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov.
28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church,
Sayre on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rodney Saylor officiating.
Interment was in the Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens.
The family provided their own flowers and asks that memorial donations
be made to the Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 or St.
John's Lutheran Church, 207 S. Hopkins St., Sayre, PA 18840.
Joseph L. McGee, II age 51, of 391 Bryton Ave., North Coventry,
Pottstown, PA, died on Monday, November 27, 2000 as a result of an accidental
hunting accident in Colley Township, Sullivan County, PA.
Joe was born in Phoenixville, on July 7, 1949, son of Joseph L. and
Helen Taroski McGee. He graduated from the Phoenixville Area High School,
a member of the Class of 1967. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to
1972 and married the former Diana Dillio of Phoenixville on June 19, 1971.
Joe was a master electrician and started his own business, McGee Electric,
which he operated for the past 25 years. Joe was also an avid gun collector
and sportsman. He purchased a hunting cabin in 1987 and enjoyed all time
spent in the Lopez area.
Joe was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, South Coventry
and a member of the H.O.G. Association. He also volunteered for many years
as a coach for the Coventry Little League Association.
Surviving are his spouse, Diana, at home; four sons and daughters-in-law,
Joseph L., III and Victoria McGee, Pottstown, Benjamin M. and Rachel McGee,
Boyertown, Adam D. and Jennifer McGee, North Coventry and Jacob A. McGee,
at home; his parents, Joseph and Helen McGee, Phoenixville; brother and
sister-in-law, Richard and Carmella McGee, Spring City; a sister and brother-in-law,
Judy and William Wasylkowski, Phoenixville; a grandson, Bobby McGee, Phoenixville
and granddaughter, Faith McGee, Boyertown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 1 at
10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Phoenixville.
Friends may call on Thursday at the Devlin-Rosmos-Kepp Funeral Home,
517 Main St., Phoenixville, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Local arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the
way . . ." Exodus 23-20.
Twelve years ago, on December 4, 1987, God blessed Jeff and Debbie
(Baer) Russell with a miracle . . . the birth of their precious daughter,
Katie Marie. On Monday, November 27, 2000, following a brave battle with
the sudden onset of juvenile diabetes, she began her new life in heaven
with her Savior.
In addition to her parents, Jeffrey and Deborah, Katie is survived
by her brother, Jonathan E. Russell; her paternal grandparents, Carlyle
"Bub" and Flora Russell, Orwell; maternal grandmother, Tina Baer, Reading,
and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Katie was a devoted member of the Orwell Bible Church family where
she was active in the youth group. She helped with the preschool class
at the Warren Center Baptist Church AWANA program. Katie was a seventh
grade honor student at Northeast Bradford High School. She was also a member
of the seventh and eighth grade county chorus, as well as the school band.
She enjoyed playing the piano, as well as her late Grandfather Baer's 60-year-old
trumpet. Katie had an ability, way beyond her young years, to lovingly
take care of young children, especially her cousins. She enjoyed horseback
riding and collecting "Beanie Babies."
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Katie's Life
at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Orwell Bible Church. Pastor Richard
Vieldhouse will officiate. Katie's family will receive their friends at
the church following the service. Private graveside services will be held
in the Orwell Cemetery. Friends wishing, may make memorial donations to
the Orwell Bible Church in loving memory of Katie Marie Russell.
The Cooley Family of Sutfin Funeral Chapel, Nichols, NY is assisting
the family with arrangements.
Mr. Robert John Sailer, age 79, of D.J.'s Personal Care Home,
RR2, Box 2589, Laceyville, PA (Stowell) passed away on Friday afternoon,
November 24, 2000 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Born in Philadelphia on Nov. 16, 1921, he was the son of the late William
Earl and Florence Bauer Sailer. In his very early years, Mr. Sailer worked
on the family farm, until a disability enabled him to work any longer.
He attended the Assembly of God Church in Tunkhannock and was a long-time
member of the Phoenixville Moose Lodge.
Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Havard (Jane) Eppehimer of Pottstown,
Mrs. Hal (Eleanor) Moyer of Aston, Mrs. Nancy Gable of Laceyville and Mrs.
Dale (Ann Marie) Moyer of Pottstown; a niece and her husband, with whom
he lived for over 20 years, Darlene and Andy Garay of Laceyville; several
other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, William
E. Sailer and a sister, Pauline Swigert.
At Mr. Sailer's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral
services. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main
Howard H. Sherwood, Sr., age 83, of Dushore RR1, PA, passed away
on Monday, November 27, 2000 at his home.
He was born on December 23, 1916 in Unityville, a son of the late John
Arthur and Florence May Heller Sherwood.
Howard was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States
He had been a resident of Sullivan County since 1946 and enjoyed his
time spent fishing, hunting and being in the out of doors.
His wife of 56 years, the former Anna M. (Smith) Sherwood, preceded
him in death on May 1, 1998.
He was a member of American Legion McDermott Post No. 452 of Dushore;
VFW Post No. 384 of New Albany; he was a lifetime veteran of the Battle
of the Bulge with the 8th Field Artillery as a forward observer and was
a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans.
Surviving are his five children, Dot Hockberg of Annville, Marge Bednar
of Dallas, Don Sherwood and Jim Sherwood, both of Dushore and Sam Sherwood
of Sweet Valley; a sister, Martha; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two
sons, Howard, Jr. and Daniel and eight brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the
Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev.
James Donahoo, pastor of the Sayre Christian Church, officiating.
Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday evening at McHenry
Funeral Home in Dushore from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a military pass
and review on Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Guthrie
Hospice Unit, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr. Sherwood's memory.
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